Senate expresses concern over East-West road

Chairman, Senate Committee on Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P), Abdul Ningi (PDP-Bauchi), has expressed concern over the non-completion of the East-West Road in spite of the huge amount of money invested in the project so far.

Ningi made the remark at a meeting to verify the implementation level of the 2014 SURE-P budget on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said the East-West Road had attracted funding for over 10 years from different sources without nearing completion, and without much accountability.

“The level of implementation of this road leaves much to be desired. I think that those who are saddled with the responsibility of making sure the East-West Road is completed must see it as a cardinal objective of this government,” he said.

Ningi declared that the Senate committee would not rest on its oars in ensuring the completion of road projects in the country, including the Abuja-Lokoja road.

Sen. Ganiyu Solomon (APC-Lagos), who spoke on SURE-P intervention in transportation in the FCT, said the nonchalant attitude of initial beneficiaries in paying back was a major setback to the project.

Solomon, vice chairman of the committee, said most beneficiaries who drove the SURE-P mass transit buses were not keeping to the terms of the agreement in spite of the fact that the loans had no interest.

He said, “We’ve taken note and we will still make provisions for more transit buses because at the end of the day, government must rise to that responsibility.

“Government cannot come up with excuses because some people are not paying up. We have to make sure we put more buses on the road.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transportation in its presentation said N43 billion was budgeted for the sector from SURE-P.

Daily Independent

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